Allegheny Valley Church Of God
Why Satan Hates Israel
It is Aug. 2 2013. One of the big stories on the international front at this time is the commencement of "peace" talks in Washington D.C. under the ever seeing eyes of Barak Obama and John Kerry. While many see this as a promising sign of a brokered Middle East peace, it is really just another ruse by the enemies of Israel to attempt to eliminate them from the face of the earth.
Don't be deceived. The Arab world hates Israel and has done so for centuries. The Palestinians are just a pawn in their attempt to drive the sons of Jacob into the sea. Not only do the Arabs hate them, but make no mistake, the current administration of the US also hates them despite the lies being told. The current negotiations are nothing more than the most recent attempt to eliminate the nation of Israel. Sad to say there are even churches that identify themselves as followers of the Hebrew Messiah who wish the current nation of Israel never existed.
Why is Israel the most hated country in the world? Because the world follows after it's prince, Satan, and Satan hates Israel. Throughout history, in the Old Testament and the New, we see various attempts by the enemy to eliminate Israel. Ever since God promised Eve that her seed would bruise the head of the seed of the serpent, Satan has done his best to thwart God's plan by destroying the people He said would be His people on earth forever, in spite of their stiff necks and stubbornness.
Here's just a few examples: the murder of Able by his brother, disqualifying them both from continuing the line; the flood, by which only 8 were saved; the killing of the Hebrew children by Pharaoh; the idolatry of the Jews in which they offered their own children to the gods of the Canaanites; Herod's attempt to destroy all the children in Bethlehem.
And even since the cross, the Jews have gone through ghettos, inquisitions, the holocaust and persecution from just about everyone, even, sad to say, folks who called themselves Christians. Yet, after almost 2000 years of persecution we see the flag of Israel flying over the land promised them by God. In 1948 the impossible happened and Israel became a nation once again. They had to defend themselves against the entire Arab world and were miraculously victorious. Since that time it's been a constant struggle for existence. From Cain's hatred of his righteous brother to Hitler's final solution, the enemy of our souls has tried to erase God's chosen people from the face of the earth.
When Jesus was explaining to his disciples the course of the age that would precede his return (Matthew 24-25; Luke 21) he made reference to the nation of Israel when he said, "..Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled." (Luke 21:29-32)
When people see the word "generation" many presume it means a particular segment of people alive at any given time. That is why some believe Jesus was speaking only to those people who were standing in front of him. But the Greek word "genea" has another meaning.
Thayer puts it like this:
1) fathered, birth, nativity
2) that which has been begotten, men of the same stock, a family
2a) the several ranks of natural descent, the successive members of a genealogy
So the word "genea" does not refer to a 40 – 60 year time span of people, but to a nation, a kind, a family. Jesus is saying that the children of Israel will not disappear until he returns.
In his last public discourse to the nation concerning the rejection of their Messiah by their leadership, he ends his scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees with this promise; "For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Mat. 23:39) That has never happened in history.
Why does Satan hate Israel? Because it is through Israel that the Son of God has come and paid the price to redeem us from the curse of the law and conquer sin and death. And it will be to the nation of Israel that the same Son will return, not as a babe in a manger but as a conquering King. He will set his feet on the Mount of Olives, the place from whence he ascended, and destroy the armies of the man of sin with the words of his mouth. If the devil can destroy Israel then he makes God a liar, something he accused the creator of being way back in the garden (Gen. 3). That's right; the same lie he told to Eve is the same lie being sold to the people of the earth.
Don't be deceived. There can be no peace on earth until the Prince of Peace returns. He will not rule from Washington, Moscow, Beijing, or any other world capitol but from the Holy City Jerusalem. In 1967, when the armies of Israel once again gained control of Mt. Zion after thousands of years of gentile control, it can be truly considered the beginning of the end of the "times of the gentiles" in which the city was trodden under foot of the nations of the world. What is one of the conditions of the current "peace" initiatives? To return the city of Jerusalem into the hands of the Arabs. We see before our very eyes the prophecies of scripture coming to pass. As the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing, the Lord of Heaven laughs in derision. (Ps. 2)
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. In doing so you are actually praying for the return of Jesus Christ. Don't believe the hype. The Arab world has one goal, to eliminate God's earthly people from the face of the earth in an attempt to thwart the plan of God. As we watch how things play out pray for the leadership of Israel for wisdom and, most of all, for a saving knowledge of Jeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah).
If you don't know him, call on his name for the forgiveness of your sins and ask him to give you a new heart and a new life. He will answer your prayer and give you the hope of glory.